Negotiators for the owner of Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo and the union that represents 160 workers there have reached a tentative deal on a new labor agreement that avoids a strike scheduled to begin Monday morning.
The agreement between representatives of Centers for Specialty Care Group of the Bronx and Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union still must be ratified by the union membership.
Voting will take place Wednesday and details of the final agreement won’t be released until the contract is approved. News of a deal came just hours after a federal mediator began meeting with negotiators from both sides Friday morning.
The union had authorized a strike to begin Monday after talks with the owner of the nursing home at 1014 Delaware Ave. broke down April 3.
Union leaders had complained that management was seeking deep benefit cuts, increases in employee contributions to health care costs and an end to daily overtime, among other concessions, but on Friday they said the agreement maintains benefits and provides a satisfactory wage increase.